Letters to the editor: Aug. 30

August 29, 2014 

Put asthma safeguards on school checklist

Families are preparing for the new school year. Before shopping for back-to-school supplies, parents of students with asthma should consider their child's health for the time that they spend in school.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood disorders in the nation, affecting close to 7 million children under 18.

Asthma is also one of the leading causes of school absenteeism, accounting for more than 10 million missed school days each year.

It is important for Kentucky families to collaborate with their health care provider and school nurse to prepare a detailed plan for managing their student's asthma during the school day.

To help, the American Lung Association has developed a back-to-school checklist for parents of children with asthma. To view the checklist and other important asthma resources, visit www.lung.org/asthma.

Tami Cappelletti

Program Manager, American Lung Association in KY

Louisville


Save that gasoline

Some of these are dramatic surely but all add up.

Every time your transmission shifts to a lower gear your engine uses more gasoline. Be like sheep and drive along with the flow of traffic, don't accelerate if you don't have to. Look ahead and notice the red lights and slow to approach them. Don't rush up to traffic which has stopped or slowed and slam on your brakes, if you can slow a little bit and keep that transmission in a higher gear you are saving gas as well as your brakes.

If your light has just turned red, turn off your engine until it is almost time for your green light.

Any time you brake you must accelerate to make up the lost speed, using more gas.

Download a GasBuddy app. to check gas prices.

Combine store trips with your gasoline purchases. Your engine gets better mileage when warmed up.

You get more gasoline in the early morning because it expands when it heats up later in the day.

Empty your car trunk of any usless items. A lighter car uses less gas.

Fill your tires to within 5 pounds of maximum pressure, which also prolongs tire life.

Get a gas credit card that rewards gas usage or a card which gives a discount based on purchases.

Andrew Sallee

Lexington


Cold fusion for Kentucky

I have spent the last few months trying to raise interest in a cold fusion experiment. While it would be a low-cost effort, if successful, it could allow for coal to be a more efficient source of energy.

And with the U.S. population expected o grow by about 100 million people in the next 50 years, it is something that might need to be considered.

When wood is burned, it is methane that is burning and is also found in the lower stratosphere. Likewise, C2 and water are found in the area. With cold fusion, it may be that in our upper atmosphere CO2 absorbs a water molecule. If so, then it is possible that the water molecule is splitting the carbon dioxide molecule.

If so, then water might bond with the carbon element as it would be closer and require less energy to maintain.

Still, if such happens, then it could be tested to see if extra formaldehyde in the upper atmosphere slows the generation of ozone which helps to keep our planet cool by reflecting sunlight back into space.

And a cold fusion test is very basic. Draw gassed water down, causing CO2 to expand. The expanded CO2 will draw water into it. Fusion would occur when the expansion of the CO2 molecules weakens its bond with oxygen (O2).

Since Kentucky is a coal-producing state, I have to wonder why a possible solution would garner little interest.

James Lindgaard

Richmond


Coal dog can still hunt

Regarding the "war on coal," l hear continuously how coal has no future.

In the long term this is certainly true, but the reality is we all live now, not in the future.

I have a bird dog, she is 6 years old. She's a good dog who works very hard.

I can hunt without her, but the physical effort is much greater, and produces much less in results. Optimistically she has maybe four good years of hunting left. And in five or six years I will need an alternative for her.

She costs money to feed and care for, so since she has no future, I could have her put to sleep today, but she's my best option to hunt now, and she's a loyal companion.

Today we can end the use of coal, pay the hugely higher costs for electricity, and lay off all the people employed in mining and associated industries, as our president seems determined to do.

Or we could live now, not in the future, and get the benefits of a still-viable energy source while cost effective alternatives are developed.

Something to ponder as you review your already skyrocketing electrical bill.

Mike Rose

Jackson


Wrongheaded riders

It seems to me that common sense has gone astray in one distinct area in Lexington and across Kentucky.

Today there are seat-belt laws with a court fine, yet most cars are equipped with airbags for driver and passenger, and many newer cars also have side airbags for everyone in the car.

But people who ride motorcycles have absolutely no protection whatsoever, and are not required to ride with a helmet.

What is wrong with this picture?

Darrell G. Gross

Lexington


Obama just a sub

A few months ago President Barack Obama dismissed the Islamist State terrorist threat by implying the United States has nothing to worry about because we are now dealing with the "junior varsity."

Judging by present-day events, it appears the only person on the JV team is the president himself.

God help us,

Ray Depa

Lexington

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